Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Orlando, FL — Wendy Aiko Chioji died from cancer on Monday, October 7, 2019, she had been battling cancer since 2001 and wanted to “DEFY” the odds. She is survived by her brother Alan. Many people will say she was full of life.
I am writing this article to extend my heart felt loss to the Central Florida media community and to the WESH 2 News family. She was fifty-seven years old. Chioji life started in Oxnard, California in 1961. Then she left California and headed for Silver Springs, Maryland where she is grew up. After graduating from Springbrook high school, she attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She resided in both Orlando and Park City, Utah.
She loved being a Journalist in the media field. Her career started in Savannah, Georgia, then moved to Central Florida in 1988. This is where she started on the bottom at WESH News 2 as a reporter and rose to top to become an anchor at the desk. Chioji had many high profile assignments and won two Emmy wards in Journalism during her long career that spanned two decades.
Beyond the newsroom, she kept her self very busy in the community. She enjoyed spending time in the outdoors by skiing, running, hiking, and riding bikes. Chioji competed in 5 Ironman distance triathlons, Kona World Championship in 2012, and many long and short running races. Another highlight with her life was she even climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was a big accomplishment to her.
On the side, she supported many worthy causes. She recently, donated to raise money for Donna’s fundraiser for METAvivor Research Support Inc. This is a cause for metastatic breast cancer research and support. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/donate/2490868004304816/10218032029625724/
Chioji put up a big fight against cancer and that did not stop her. She went through cancer three different times in her life. This is something she wanted to public to know. Most people would have kept this private in their lives.
When the news broke about Chioji passing, not only did WESH 2 News inform their viewers; other stations did as well by honoring legacy of Chioji. WESH 2 News wrote an online article about her at www.wesh.com/article/former-wesh-2-news-anchor-wendy-chioji-dies-after-battle-with-cancer/29397198#
She touched many lives; even social media was been lit up with many people leaving comments about her. Even her former co-workers and friends praised her and what she did for the community. Her personal social media account is at www.facebook.com/wendy.chioji.
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As a child, I watched Chioji on WESH 2 News. This is where she may have influenced me into working in the news business. She was a true professional in the field. During her career at WESH 2 News, I had met her at once at meet and greet event in Central Florida. She was very friendly which I could remember. Chioji will be surely missed with her personality, drive, and professionalism.
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Source of information from Orlandosentinel.com, orlandoweekly.com, growingbolder.com, Wendy Chioji Facebook, and wesh.com